Stoke City 0 Wolves 2 - player ratings

Wolves correspondent Tim Spiers rates the players after a stunning 2-0 FA Cup victory against Premier League side Stoke City.

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Carl Ikeme

Unbeatable. He could have put a deckchair up in the first half, with Stoke not mustering a single shot on target. But after the break the top-flight team threw everything they could at Ikeme - and he repelled it all. In the space of one 12-minute spell he produced four top quality saves from Arnautovic, Crouch, Afellay and Allen. It wasn't just that he made the blocks - he pushed the ball to safety every time. That passage of play was the most important of the game and Ikeme was at his very best. Captain for the day too. His finest hour this season. 9/10

Dominic Iorfa

A spell out of the team looks to have done him good. Up against a very tricky customer in Arnautovic but Iorfa won the battle. Enjoyed a couple of gallops forward too. Good to see him in form again. 8/10

Mike Williamson

So apparently this guy hasn't played a minute of competitive football for 14 months. Are you kidding me? What an absolutely magnificent performance this was. Williamson slotted back into the back four like he'd never been away and Wolves duly kept their third clean sheet in the six games he's played for them. Didn't put a foot wrong all afternoon and, even more importantly, he organised and the rest of the defence. Was in almost continuous dialogue with Hause in particular. Constantly pointed and flailed his arms around like an octopus doing semaphore. Imperious. 9/10

Kortney Hause

Has come in for some criticism this season, not least in this section, but this was Hause at his very best. Won an almost endless succession of headers and when Stoke came on strong in the second half he threw his body on the line and made a series of crucial blocks. Played it out from the back but also booted it clear when he needed to. What a selection dilemma Paul Lambert has at centre half now. 9/10

Matt Doherty

First things first, where does this guy get his energy from? He played every single league game in 2016 and yet here he was at Stoke bounding up and down the pitch, popping up in both boxes - and playing as well as he ever has done in a Wolves shirt. It was his ball that led to Costa's opening goal, it was his brilliant free kick (yes, a free kick from Matt Doherty) that sealed this fantastic victory, it was his forays forward that on another day would have seen him score a hat-trick (he lashed over after a one-two and slammed a header wide, both chances from open play) and it was his perfectly-timed last-ditch blocks that stopped two goalbound Arnautovic efforts in the second half. Chuck in a load of vital interceptions and clearances and this was the perfect performance from Doherty. Which can only mean the first full marks for a Wolves player this season. Also, someone remind him to take Shaqiri out of his pocket. 10/10

Lee Evans

With him not having featured for the under-23s yet it was a big surprise to see his name on the team sheet after five months out. But like Williamson you wouldn't have guessed he hadn't played for so long. Walter Zenga took a real shine to Evans at the start of the season and you'd imagine Paul Lambert will too after a performance like this. In the first half in particular he was excellent, demanding the ball and recycling it with minimal fuss. He and Saville dominated midfield to the extent that £18million record Stoke signing Giannelli Imbula was given the hook at half time. Faded a little after the break but that was understandable. Again, he gives Lambert a selection headache. 8/10

George Saville

Yet another in gold and black who performed heroics. He kept things simple and tight in midfield, got through a tremendous workload and barely made a mistake. In fact how often do you see this guy make a mistake? Underrated by many. Rarely gives the ball away. Also filled in admirably at left back after Iorfa's departure. Unsurprisingly he did so with calmness and composure. 8/10

Helder Costa

Took his eighth goal of the season with the poise and class that we've come to expect from him. Saw no path to goal, so he dribbled backwards 10 yards with his trademark close control and then drove the ball in the corner from there instead. Brilliant. Gave Erik Pieters the runaround early on and created a big chance for Bodvarsson in the fourth minute. One who tired in the second half but given he looked knackered at Hillsborough on Monday that wasn't a shock. Gave everything for the team. 8/10

Bright Enobakhare

Looks very comfortable in the 4-2-3-1 system and enjoys the freedom that the number 10 role can bring. Slightly careless in possession and his decision making needs some work, but he looked threatening on the counter attack. 7/10

Joe Mason

Didn't get much joy in an attacking sense but like Costa on the opposite flank he put a proper shift in. Often drifted inside to try and link with Bodvarsson. 7/10

Jon Dadi Bodvarsson

Picked up where he left off at Hillsborough, but did so against a better class of defender. Some superb hold-up play against Shawcross and Martins Indi and he played in his team mates with some clever flick-ons. Rampaged into the box for two early chances inside the opening 10 minutes. He'll be hugely disappointed not to have scored but his all-round game more than makes up for that. Also won the free kick that led to the second goal. 8/10

Substitutes

Morgan Gibbs-White (for Mason, 61)

Being sent on with 29 minutes left with Wolves 1-0 up against one of the best teams in England...not exactly a token appearance. Gibbs-White became one of the youngest players in Wolves history aged just 16 and he did himself proud. Looked confident - taking on Glen Johnson with his first touch before clattering into a 50/50 with Joe Allen. And he looked composed. Joined in on a couple of counter attacks but otherwise he gave good cover to Doherty and then Saville at left back. Of Wolves' current crop of emerging youngsters he is rated higher than anyone. Looks like it won't be the last we see of him this season. 7/10

David Edwards (for Enobakhare, 71)

His introduction drew one of the loudest songs of the afternoon (and that's saying something) from the 4,600 travelling Wolves supporters. Has become a real fans' favourite. Added his nous and experience to help calm the Stoke storm. 7/10

Nouha Dicko (for Iorfa, 77)

As with Bodvarsson, a goal from him would have been the icing on the cake. And like Bodvarsson he had two great chances in quick succession. Hit the first one too close to the keeper when he had options to square it and then drilled inches past the post deep into added time. Keep going Nouha, it'll come. 6/10

Subs not used: Burgoyne, Batth, Coady, Price.

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Comments for: "Stoke City 0 Wolves 2 - player ratings"

bintheredunit

TREMENDOUS

Capelwolf

Matt Doherty 10/10/ Brilliant. What a selection dilemma we have for the Villa game. PL must now instil this brilliance into the team at Molineux and then we are on our way. Slowly but surely Wolves are on the way back. There will be glitches but we are on our way. We won't win every game, not even Chelsea do that, but we are on our way!!!!

detailedcrane

I'm absolutely ecstatic, what a win! With such a young and injury stricken team. Lambert has silenced all the doubters this weekend and produced a win I'll always remember. Get in!

Cradley Wolf

If we can keep Mike Williamson fit for the rest of the season, AND if Lambert doesn't put captain calamity Batth back in the team we will win more than we lose, I just wish they would all play like that every week. Now would be a great time to go on a run of games with wins and see where we can end up, 14 points to the play offs is not insurmountable it only needs a couple of teams to have a dip in form and we could possibly do it. This team have shown us what they are capable of so let's now push on and take this form into our league games.

Morgan Gibbs White, 16 years old what a prospect a fantastic 30 minute performance and along with Conor Ronan and Enobakhare the future sure is looking good for Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Fosun need to splash the cash and get Costa in permanently IF Benfica will do business.

Cradley Wolf

Just also like to offer commiserations to Stourbridge FC after yesterdays result.

They at least deserved a replay after the performance they put in.

Ritchie

Wow, some serious ratings, great win.

MICK h

How about a 10/10 for lambert. Never stopped driving the team on, when we are under pressure he takes off the experience of Mason for a 16 year old then when hanging on to the lead replaces a full back with a striker. It could have gone very wrong but did'nt. It's been a long time since we had a manager this brave.

And a word Ebokanare I thought for is age was brilliant in the first half never stopped working and always wanting to run at players . This kid could be good.

tamworthwolves

No Batth...... Its what 25,000 fans have been waiting for all season. End of!

chris h

Not me, so make that 24,999, for a start.

Farmer Ted

25,000? .......Okay name them.

(Just another pollster who hasn't got a clue)

tamworthwolves

Farmer ted, if 45 years of watching the wolves and most of them a season ticket holder, oh, I did miss the opening home game this season so I guess your right, I must be a polster!

im entitled to my views, thats what this comments page is all about.

I suppose you're the only one with a valid opinion. I bow to you sir. I enjoy reading the fans views on our team, that's why football is great.

If you dont agree with my comments then please dont judge me as a polster, just give your constructive view points.

Farmer Ted

Tamworth, let's get this right, YOURE the one who spoke for 25,000 fans...you mean you didn't take a poll?...you mean you made it up?

I always give constructive points, maybe you don't read other people's opinions...you should

West Park

Tamworth. .seems farmer ted doesn't care for a bit of tongue in cheek comments and is too serious on here..thinks it's his god given right to slate other comments and it's only his gospel that should be heard and read..

Farmer ted..get a life old fruit your annoying and patronising..

BeeCee

♣️Thing

So it is you again that has bought the nasty smell on here with your

FarTed.

Pooooohhhh...!

The Flying Winger

t, how do you know that, as well as the platitudes were earned by the defence if Ikeme hadn't put in his best performance so far it would have been a different story.

At least 4 brilliant saves one from the centre of the box without a defender anywhere near.

Yes Batth has been having a difficult time so has the midfield and the back four, it only in the last few games that we have had a settled side no small measure of Stearman coming into the team.

Cup games are very different to Championship games.

Wolf in Liverpool

TFW - Yes Ikeme did have a good game but no one i know has ever questioned his shot stopping ability which stood out yesterday. Ikeme's weaknesses are his lack of authority and how he commands his box, his distribution and his positioning especially from free kicks that the opposition have near our own box. It could be argued that Ikeme having Batth in front of him is a reason for his lack of authority as Batth has no captaincy or general organisational skill and that having Williamson there instead is more of a calming influence.

Danny Batth is nothing short of a joke of a footballer and him closely followed by Jack Price are the two worse players in our squad and are stealing a living. It should come as no surprise to anyone who has the smallest amount of footballing knowledge that as soon as these two players get dropped we put in a decent performance and looked far more balanced as a team.

Farmer Ted

"are the two worse (sic) players in our squad and are stealing a living. It should come as no surprise to anyone who has the smallest amount of footballing knowledge"blah blah blah

....and you, presumably, have a lot of football knowledge...or were you the fat kid in the playground who never got picked and are now searching for retribution?

bintheredunit

wolf in Liverpool cannot argue with the comments about batth put a lot of people underestimate price

Wolf in Liverpool

I disagree about Price, it seems that too many fans overestimate him and think he's a lotbetter than he really is. He's one of the most limited footballers i have had the displeasure of seeing. Most fans thought he was the best player on the pitch against QPR yet in that game he got bullied by the QPR midfield and was at fault for both of the QPR goals. He looks a busy player in the manner in which he waves his arms around like a lunatic. A lot of fans i know have given him the nickname 'policeman price" due to this as he likes to wave around arms around pointing and waving his arms around like a policeman. This i have no problem with but when he's waving his arms around blaming others for his own basic mistakes then it becomes a big problem. He is constantly failing to pick up opposition runners from central midfield, he doesn't put his foot enough as he is too lightweight.

In short since he has come back into the team we have conceded something 2 goals every game which is more than we were doing when he was out of it, and as price is a defensive midfielder who's job is to shield our defence then it shows that he isn't doing his job.

Cradley Wolf

Well said !!!

Not Convinced

l'pool wolf - you have to wonder if price had been playing , whether wolves would have bossed the first half in the same the way evans and saville did (saville has ability (but he does not always impose himself on a game ) and I knew he would be ok against a prem team ; the evans performance comes as a surprise since apart from a couple of matches at the beginning of thise season , his previous games were for bradford in div 1 so he did well to step up and who knows perhaps he can improve even from this .

we are the paying public and we have the right to say which players we enjoy watching so keep going : my team v villa would be :

ikeme , iorfa , williamson , hause , doherty , evans , edwards , saville , costa , bod , cavaleiro

I doubt anyone will agree with this !

The Flying Winger

W i L,

I think that's a bit strong and out of order about two of our players who give everything they can to the club and team, as for Price I don't see that and presumably not Lambert who bought him back into the team, many times voted man of the match by the fans, I also think that Ikeme hasn't been as good in recent games shot stopping but yesterday was on top of his game.

I think there have been several decent performances by the two players you mention and more so with Stearman alongside.

Sir Lupi

Utter rubbish mate. Danny Batth is ok by most and we'll back him all the way in this indifferent season.

If you can't just enjoy the win then go support someone else.

The special one

Tamworthwolves I'm with you on your batth comments! And believe me a lot more fans would agree with you than not! Some fans know the game some fans don't! And anyone who thinks Danny batth is in the top 2 best centre halfs at wolves, obviously don't know there football!! I'd put at least 3 players ahead of him in that position, 4 if 1 wasn't onloan, but no doubt 30000 fans will watch him get roasted against the villa next week.

West Park

The special one..

How dare you not listen and agree to the gospel according to the chosen messiah "Farmer Ted". Only one who is truly Black & Gold..

The special one

I'm sorry i forget myself for a minute! How dare i not listen, to the wise words of the one and only farmer ted! Haha...banter

CoRnIsHWoLf

I wonder which Wolves player you're going to slag off next week? Can't even enjoy a great win without having a pop at someone who wasn't even playing!

DancesWithWolves

Isn't it great to be on MOTD again? Just like old times except that this team has far greater times ahead of it than Mick's. Both goals also featured in the BBC clip of stunning cup goals yesterday.

Great team sheet pick by Paul Lambert. The pressure was off, it would be no disgrace to lose against a PL side, so Lambert could be inventive, experiment a bit.

A 16-year old coming on with half an hour to go and us defending a slender one goal lead? Brilliant. It must have made Stoke wonder what Lambert was up to! They must have been expecting a defender to come on and try and shut up shop.

Dour Scot starting to prove himself after a difficult start? Sounds like Fergie decades ago in his first season at Man U. I expect Lambert to go from strength to strength at Wolves. Our best signing in decades.

gold and black wolves

wonderful next season will be ours you watch

Albrightondek

Well, those ratings and assessments make for pleasant reading on a Sunday morning. The player ratings are probably the highest since the paper starting publishing them.

As well as winning the match, there were other plus's for Lambert which augar well for the future. The return of Williamson and Evans who both lasted the full 90 odd minutes. Assuming there aren't any adverse reactions, they will almost certainly be featured in forthcoming league matches.

Good to see both Hause and Iorfa to back something like their best. Some very unfair and over the top comments about their performances have been posted on here. Both need to be retained if we are going to mount a promotion next season. People should remember that will live in the football squad system era. Players will rotate depending on injuries, form, and suspensions.

Lastly, and by no means least, Lambert sprang a real surprise by naming a 16 year old as one of the substitutes. Not only that he gave him half an hour or so play in the match. I've mentioned Gibbs-White on a few occasions as one to watch, but even I couldn't see him being selected for first team duty until next season. Lambert deserves great credit for showing no fear or favour when he picks his players. Old, young, established, or new recruits - if they are good enough he'll pick them.

I normally give any new manager 12 games before making any kind of judgement, but with 10 games gone it's fairly clear that Lambert is turning Wolves fortunes around. There have been blips along the way, and there will no doubt be more to come, but it seems to me that Lambert's got us back on the right track.

chris h

Many positives from yesterday, but really pleased to see the high marks for Dom Iorfa and Kortney Hause.

bintheredunit

spot on chris h

FlatBack4

With Graham& Zyro both yet to return. Things looking up at last even though we will probably lose Costa in thd summer.

tamworthwolves

Batth is a liability and no way demonstrates capataincy credentials. Williamson is no world class defender but reads the game and gets other players into positions, he is aware of whats around him and players respond to his leadership.

Fantastic win against a first choice Stoke side. i surprised with our team selection but all credit to PL and the players. Also nice to see PL bring a 16 year old on with 30 mins left instead of the usual 2 mins like most managers.

i was dissapointed with PL appointment but so far he has restored belief, confidence and organisation. Icing on the cake for me is a few signings this window to strengthen the spine of the team. ( no has beens please).

Congratulations lads for a team effort that fully deserved the win. Ikeme and the back 4 were in charge and dealt with everything.

Let's hope Batth watches a few more games and starts to learn how to defend and manage situations.

Farmer Ted

Tamworth, in this moment of triumph is it really necessary to slag off the club captain? We all understand he's been out of form for the last few weeks, (although ironically he was outstanding against Sheffield Wednesday). Yes he makes the odd mistake which has proved costly, but ALL Championship defenders do...that's why they're in the Championship. At the start of this season he was playing really well, against Newcastle, against Birmingham, against Villa...notice the common denominator? Yes, all away. Maybe being booed at Molineux has had the desired effect. Maybe it's a few of our 'fans' who need replacing, not Batth, or Hause, or Iorfa.

Regarding new signings and your request for no 'has beens'. I'm so pleased for that old 'has been' Williamson. In the same way Ince, Rae and Irwin once steadied the Good Ship Molineux, perhaps Mike Williamson and any other 'has been' our manager decides to recruit will do the same.

There are a lot of red faces around Hanley and Burslem this morning, but there are a few around Wolverhampton too after some of the thoughtless posts last week. Some people need to understand what supporting our team is all about.

Cradley Wolf

Ted, your quote,

".notice the common denominator? Yes, all away. Maybe being booed at Molineux has had the desired effect."

Maybe if he played away from the Mol would be best for him cos when he plays at the Mol he costs us.

West Park

Spot on..liability .. His played enough and still a liability. .

Breretonwolf

The value, it otherwise, of a crowd is highly underrated.

Whilst I was never a decent footballer, I did have the privilege of playing rugby league at what most would call a high level. Our crowd won us several games I played in. There were times where we were struggling and the crowd would just start singing our team song. Hearing that song would just do something InInside each player. I do not recall ANY of our players EVER being booed by our fans. Guess what? We won far many more games than we lost. That crowd was worth ten points per game.

I cringe when I see negativity towards our own players at the Momentum or on here. There always HAS to be one player who is picked on. Edwards was that one in times past, as was the much lauded Mike Williamson recently. There are those on here currently praising him who were crying out for him to be released just a few weeks ago. He has gone from being a "waste of money" to being the hero ins matter of a few days.

It is time for some "supporters" to start supporting our own, instead of decrying them. Our supporters are often the twelfth man, but, unfortunately, for the opposition. They knock our players so often that the players do prefer to play away from home, where they can play with more freedom. Why do you think that so many past players score against us? It is their way of telling our negative supporters that they are not as bad as they were painted.

Breretonwolf

Dislike predictive text. Sorry about grammatical errors produced by such.

Wolf in Liverpool

Farmer Ted - You claim that Batth has been out of form the last few weeks, however i would beg to differ. He has been useless now for the best part of three and a half years ever since he became a regular in our starting xi. There were many signs even in League 1 that he was nowhere near as good as many were making out but this went unnoticed seemingly for the reason because he was from Brierley Hill. I particularly recall his performances away at Rotherham and Gillingham and at home against MK Dons and Colchester which must rank as some of the worse individual performances i have ever witnessed on a football field at any standard. Form is temporary and class, o(r lack of it in Batth's case) is permanent.

Farmer Ted

"He has been useless now for the best part of three and a half years ever since he became a regular in our starting xi"

Liverpool, when you come out with a ridiculous generalisation like that which you KNOW is wrong, there is no point in discussing the point any further.

There is good news for you however, you have a camp follower in Cradely Wolf. You could become pen pals. Go on...give it a go.

THEFilthyRaider

Purely out of interest these are The Daily Mail ratings:

Wolverhampton (4-2-3-1): Ikeme 8; Iorfa 7 (Dicko 6, 77), Williamson 7, Hause 8, Doherty 7; Evans 6, Saville 5; Costa 7, Bright Enobakhare 6 (Edwards 6, 72), Mason 6 (Gibbs-White 6, 62); Bodvarsson 7

Were they watching the same match?

Cradley Wolf

THEFilthyRaider,

Probably a Stoke City supporter !!!

THEFilthyRaider

Actually a life long Wolves fan, Cradley Wolf - I was trying to show how little the nationals think of us. Perhaps you'd need to stop that jumping.............jumping to the wrong conclusions that is.

Breretonwolf

TFR, I think that Cradley was talking about the Mail journalist being a Stoke fan, and not you.

chris h

My rating for the Daily Mail is minus 50. The gold standard of ratings in the '60s, in days before Murdoch, was the Sunday People( at the time and for many years the only paper that did ratings). I must admit, solely for that reason, I still take the People and their ratings are: Ikeme7 ,Iorfa7 , HAUSE9, Williamson7. Doherty7,Costa8, Evans7,Saville6 ,Bright7, Mason6, Boddingtons 7. Dicko got a 5 (perhaps reflecting these missed chances) and other subs were rated as 6.

I think it is fair to say Tim is a Wolf and scores accordingly. A good job Jack Price didn't play or he would have inevitably received a mark of 11.Well done Kortney.

THEFilthyRaider

Careful, mate, you might get accused of not being a Wolves fan like I did.................

Not Convinced

ikeme - clean sheet , captain for the day - surely he deserved a 10 ;

evans , saville , williamson - lambert has been working with them in training but he wanted to see them in a match so he threw them in at the deep end - sink or swim - all 3 swam and so well done to them and now lambert has a very nice selection problem ;

kortney hause - all this talk about buying another centre back when wolves already have 2 of the most talented young defenders in the country - what wolves need is for the supporters to support them and accept that they are learning their crafts and that one day they will be very good (anyway look at cahill for chelsea - he still makes mistakes ) .

Shewolf1943

No one on the pitch is immune from making mistakes, its human nature.

Globetrotter1934

If any Wolves player deserved a full 10 out of 10 in that tremendous win in the cup tie at Stoke City,it has to be Carl Ikeme.It cannot be overstated how much pressure the Wolves rearguard were under in that 15-20 minute period in the second half.Wave after wave of red& white shirts.the most sustained bombardment of our goal I can remember in a very long time,but Carl stood up tall to it all. That one save from Peter Crouch from about 4 yards,well I wonder what Crouchy said to himself when Carl saved it.

Yes,for me C I was MOM and well deserved

Farmer Ted

Whichever newspaper these player ratings are given in it is only one man's opinion and Tim Spiers pint half full glass does have a Wolves' head on it. No matter, it was a magnificent team effort and some brave and thoughtful team selection from our manager. Morgan Gibbs-White 16 years old brought on with 30 minutes to go at 1-0...wow!

Please Fosun, recognise that the last few months have been your fault, not Walts, not Thelwell's. Get your man Jeff Shi to support Paul Lambert, I think we may have a gudden here.

Not Convinced

Farmer Boy - you were one of the main supporters of fosuns at the beginning of the season - red face ?

Farmer Ted

I still am, I just want them to recognise the mistakes they made by listening to the wrong people. With the financial backing they are able to give the RIGHT management team (and I include management in all aspects of the club) we have nothing to fear.

Why on earth should I have a red face?

Not Convinced

because as I recall you appeared to back what fosuns were doing at the beginning of the season - now it has gone wrong you criticise them with the benefit of hindsight whilst you poo pooed my criticism of fosuns at the time I made the criticisms at the beginning of the season !

Farmer Ted

NC, I was all for the recruitment of new players, up to a point and I distinctly remember questioning on this site the signing of yet another player...Gladon, as I recall...and asking how a new manager to the U K was going to find his way with such a large in-take of players, none of whom he knew. I also questioñed the money being spent on transfers and wages at that time, but Dalrymple assured us he had FFP under control.

It would appear, in hindsight, We are paying the price for that!

Which particular criticism of yours did I "poo poo"?

Not Convinced

cant remember but it does n't really matter

as far as fosuns are concerned lambert is good news as he appears to prefer the wolves youngsters rather than fosuns players such as texeira , john , gladon , silvio , prince oniangue - now thelwell has the job of shifting some of them .

in the long run these young players will either make wolves good or make money for fosuns by being sold , so the future under lambert is better for fosuns which should cheer them up a bit !

The Flying Winger

W i L, Ikeme man of the match ,vote just in.

The Flying Winger

N C, I don't think it's a case of prefer, Fosun had to move quickly and bring some players in with no loan transfers allowed. Jon, Silvio, Prince have been injured Tex after early promise hasn't had much game time, Gladon was cover probably as Dicko and Mason were injured.

These youngsters as you describe have been struggling and need some experience, it's easy to decry Fosun but thank goodness we are out of the clutches of the 3 M's

CoRnIsHWoLf

FT, Fosun & Shi relied for too much on Mendes, who obviously knew little about the Championship let alone the Wolves. We had been calling out for more experience through the team but that never came & we suffered because of it. It was no surprise to see the likes of Hause & Iorfa have great games yesterday with Williamson restored to the centre of defence. He was constantly talking & positioning players all through the game, that can only have a positive effect. The team, & defence particularly, has been let down with that lack of experience to call on during a game, the likes of Batth, Iorfa & Hause have been relied on too much to shoulder the responsibility & it's been no surprise to me to see the form of all three suffer badly. We have some talented young stars in the squad & I think in Lambert we now have someone who believes in them & knows what to do with them.

Black Country Wanderer

Many of us welcomed Fosun with open arms,and were overjoyed to see some investment at last

Many of us also said, that although something different in the culture of the club was worth a try,it could all go South

I don't think its been the disaster some are trying to make it out to be

We knew it would take time for the new guys to settle,probably the first half or more of the season,and it has

Some of them have impressed,some haven't that's football,not every signing works

Zenga was given an almost impossible task,and made a fist of it imo

Fosun made mistakes,yes,were given poor advice, yes,and its easy to criticise in hindsight,yes,but they invested,and realised the path they chose was, in hindsight, the wrong one

Have they got it right now? I'm not getting carried away with one good cup performance,and I'm not 100% sure on PL yet.,but we seem to be getting more right than wrong lately,performance wise,and that bodes well for the future

As for the marks given, well lets just say TS had his gold tinted specs on when giving them

Chris ,I agree with your post, much more like the marks deserved

bintheredunit

agree farmer ted I also think we have a gudden here

Freki

Read an interesting article in The Sun (OK some may think that's an oxymoron) yesterday written by Antony Kastrinakis. It was about Jorge Mendes' influence on the aquisition of Valencia and subsequent running. It looks like they have been asset stripped with all their best players sold. After Cesare Prandelli resigned he said "We all agreed we had to seal the signing of Zaza and it did not happen. When I heard it was not happening I understood that probably the club was listening to other people, they were takiing advice from others." Hopefully Fosun realise that the influence of Mendes should be kept to minimum. It was quite a worrying read.

harmo hull

Finally something to shout about,well done the wolves lets keep it going.

cashyiswolves

Well done - Same defence for the Villa game plus Cavalero to start - don't forget the Mail and Mirrors ratings are unbiased they are football journalists Tim Spier's is a Wolves supporter once again well done now the hard bit is transferring this potential form to the league - proven goalscorer required PDQ

chris h

No one has mentioned,''where was Cavaliero'. he came on for 10 minutes away at Sheff Weds and rightly or wrongly at least two comments on here from fans who went to the game, said he was not very interested. Yesterday, he didn't make the squad. Perhaps, he has a knock or maybe he was visiting the shops for a new pair of gloves. Equally could he, as I suggested the other day, be going somewhere in the Jan sales. Perhaps the new man at Hull fancies him (they have money to spend according to their owner) or even better ( if it is better to lose him) maybe he will be joining the exodus to China ( at a profit to us and the player). Come on Mr Spiers why was Cav not in the squad?

Albrightondek

Chris h - I noticed a Tim Spies tweet yesterday just prior to the match - "Believe Cavaleiro has picked up a knock. Will find out after". But I didn't see anything further. I pressume it was just a minor injury and was rested as a safeguard.

The Flying Winger

Chris h, you just can't help yourself can you, the point is what.

chris h

It is you who cannot help yourself. Cav didn't play, a valid question, why not I ask, a decent reply fom Dek, This is supposed to be a facility for comment and it is the Jan window. Yet you still had to have a sneer. Stick to the vodka and tonic.If you think FOSUN wouldn't consider making a profit you live in fantasy land.

The Flying Winger

Your comment was sarcastic about a player who has played very well in the last few games, suggest you read you post again there was no need for any of that, perhaps he does need some gloves for life in the UK.

chris h

FW, The comment on gloves was an attempt at humour following on from a comment made by Wolvereeen the other day(which was also said in humour, I believe), it was mean't to be light hearted. As we all know Cav has done well for us, but it is in my opinion reasonable to question his absence during the transfer window. If he is sold to China for example we could, given their current rates, make a big profit on him And worse players than him have gone to China in recent times for big money. Just speculation on my part, with a good answer from Dek.

tamworthwolves

Farmer ted, ive looked at your replies, you are the biggest whinger and you disagree with everyone. We all look forward to you sitting next to Lambert.... Or will you be in the stands just like the rest of us.

Re has been, if you re ad my comment I said no more has beens! Williamson was a signing last season and much needed because Batth needs experience to help him learn his trade. What we dont need is tbe like of Danny Graham, Ross Mcormack, Nugent, Campbell etc when, in my cluless polster armchair, I see the likes of Tammy Abraham who would do a better job.

From my cluless polster seat in the Steve Bull stand, Abraham looked a handful with great work ethics and a great finish. Dicko pre injury was the same but we need a striker now to push the right way up the table.

No doubt you disagree!

Farmer Ted

Tamworth, I'm no whinger I leave that to people like you. I will always give reasons for my praise or criticism. However, I do take great exception to the posters who come on here knocking players and managers with abuse they choose not to justify and that includes posters who reckon they speak for 25000 others.

Regarding the players Wolves should or should not go for this window. I shall leave that to Lambert, Thelwell and FFP.

Hednesfordwolves

This was a very good result against a good premiership side and all the players played well, but the big game is on Saturday against the Villa. It will be very interesting what team Lambert plays against them and of course what the result will be. Williamson must be a must as he makes the defence look more solid.

Capelwolf

Unbelievable bickering. The pleasant fact now is that PL can select the XI for the Villa from two sets of players who have performed outstandingly at Sheff Wed and Stoke, instead of from an oversized, underperforming disinterested , skill-less squad that we appeared to have before. Isn't this problem what all managers say they would like to have?

Some questions need answering:

1) Williamson and Batth both play right-side CB. Which one brings leadership, experience and calmness to his game and will benefit the team more? Answer..........

2) Defensive centre midfield - Price, good passer but lacks pace or Evans, aggressive competitor, who can put a foot in and has a little more pace Answer.......

3) Right back - Coady or Iorfa - one is a converted midfielder with limited defensive nous, the other is an out and out defender whose attributes have been spotted by the England set-up Answer......

4) Ronan or Mason - Ronan is a game-changer and now is the time for him to grow in readiness for next season Answer.......

If Batth is to be an automatic choice then he needs resting now, brought back when there is a gap in team selection and then sieze his chance to hold on to the shirt on merit. Williamson should be given the captaincy temporarily in the absence of Batth and then we review at the end of the season when MW is out of contract.

My starting XI for the Villa would be

Ikeme

Iorfa Williamson Hause Doherty

Evans Ronan

Costa Edwards Cavaleiro

Bodvarsson

Subs: Burgoyne Coady Batth Stearman Mason Saville Enobakhare

No place for Dicko at present as I feel he is lacking the sharpness to make our front line competitive.

Only my humble opinion, but PL has a wonderful week ahead of him, but we have to play this away counter attacking style at Molineux, otherwise we can't progress up the table

Not Convinced

capel - see my earlier post re team v villa

the team selection by lambert for the stoke game was a bit hit and hope - by chance he has stumbled upon a midfield combination saville & evans which is capable of dominating the midfield from the kick off at the beginning of the match - most of us posters have been moaning at the loss of macca , now we have a combination that can make up for that loss and lambert cannot ignore this away win at prem stoke , in my opinion .

Sir Billy Quiet

Player ratings given out by a journalist cause posters on a website to argue amongst themselves! Mildly amusing.....

Cradley Wolf and others showing their support for the club by slagging off the captain, absolutely pathetic.

Jody Craddock, Lee Naylor, Stephen Ward - all victims of the Molineux boo boys that went on to prove them wrong......

Capelwolf

SBQ. Can you answer those pleasant selection dilemmas I posed, because we can only start the Villa game with 11 on the pitch then?

CAROLINA WOLF

All of the above posts,blogs and opinions ! "WE WON AT STOKE" I'll take that.